Light aircraft are safe
We recognise that there are risks in life and also accept that you can control how much risk you are exposed to. Proper training, maintenance, making sure you are healthy and in the right state of mind to fly and, very important, making sure the weather is good enough for your flight are all things that can be done to control your risk exposure.
The training provided by Recreational Aviation Australia and our flying schools gives you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about your actions and ensure that you are equipped with all the tools to fly safely.
Many people engage in activities such as motorcycle riding with only a day or two of training before they head out on the open road. Our thorough training courses teach you to fly by the rules, maintain your equipment, respect the weather and plan your flight and route well. And you don’t have to worry about bad “road users” in the sky because they have all received the same level of training as you.
It’s all designed to make sure you have a long, safe flying career.
What if the engine fails?
Engine failures are very rare; most pilots will never have to deal with one in their flying life. But if it does happen, in single engined light aircraft they are very rarely fatal. In fact, piston powered twin-engined aircraft have a worse safety record when it comes to dealing with one engine failing! The reasons for this are varied, but it comes down to multi-engined aircraft not flying too well on a single engine (a fully loaded aircraft is unlikely able to maintain altitude) and instead of choosing the nearest field to land immediately, trying to make an airport and failing. It is often said: the second engine carries you to the site of the accident."
During your training and your flight test, the instructor will pull the power to idle, leaving you to glide to a suitable field. You won't actually go all the way to the ground, but it will become clear that you can make it into a paddock. Many aircraft can glide a distance between 10 and 15 meters (or more in some cases) for every meter of height they have so cruising at 3500 feet, you get to pick a field anywhere within about a 10 km radius. That's plenty of options in most cases!